- I will clean up my room. I promise!
- The telephone is ringing. I will pick it up!
- I think it will rain.
- He will stay there for hours, doing nothing.
The Future Simple is used in many situations such as when making promises or predictions.
- Unplanned actions
- Predictions based on experience or intuition
- Habits (obstinate insistence, usually habitual)
You can also use
- It's going to rain. Look at the clouds!
Use 1: Promises
The first use of the Future Simple to make promises.
- I promise I will buy you this toy.
- Promise you will never leave me!
Use 2: Unplanned actions
Use this tense also to talk about unplanned (spontaneous) decisions.
- Don't worry! I will help you with this problem.
- I will close the window. It's starting to rain.
Use 3: Predictions
We often use the Future Simple when making a prediction based on experience or intuition.
- It will rain in a moment.
- It will get more difficult.
Use 4: Habits
The last use of this tense is interesting: we can also use the Future Simple to express habits.
- She will bit her lip if she is thinking or if she's nervous about something.
- He will always make noise when we are sleeping.
You can also use
- The guarantee shall be provided on the following conditions: (...)
- We shall never surrender!
Contracted forms (more)WILL = 'LL
- She'll dance = she will dance
WILL + NOT = WON'T
- She won't dance = she will not dance
|e.g. I/a dog etc.||will||e.g. work/go/make|
Remember, you should never use
Correct:Mike is moving to New Jersey next month.
Incorrect:Mike will move to New Jersey next month.
- I think he will regret his choice. (Use 3)
- I will come back at 10 p.m. (Use 1)
- If you will keep your watch half an hour slow it is hardly surprising that you are late for your appointments. (Use 4)
- John will keep dropping his towel on the floor after a bath. (Use 4)
- I will visit my grandma at hospital. (Use 1 or Use 2)
- Let's buy the snacks at the supermarket — it will be cheaper that way. (Use 3)
|will||e.g. I/a dog etc.||e.g. work/go/make|
We often use "will" with:
|probably, most likely||I'll probably drop in on uncle.|
|I think||This gift is great. I think we'll love it.|
|I'm sure||It's not going to be boring there. I'm sure there will be a lot of boys at your age|
|I wonder (if, what, when, etc.)||It's a bit late. I wonder if he'll come.|
|I expect||I haven't seen Matthew today. I expect he'll call today.|
- Will he be surprised when he sees me? (Use 3)
- Will Mark be able to do the shopping before 10 a.m.? (Use 3)
- Will there be plenty of people in church? (Use 3)
- Will you study harder? (Use 1)
|e.g. I/a dog etc.||will not||e.g. work/go/make|
- I won't take any heavy equipment with me. (Use 2)
- I'm sorry I won't be able to help you with your English today. (Use 2)
- I expect that Sally will not clean up her room, unless you help her. (Use 3)